Educate & Protect Video Podcast: California Expands CFRA Leave Benefits

Governor Newsom signed into law Senate Bill (SB) 1383.

The new bill becomes effective January 1, 2021. It expands the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) family and medical leave law by applying it to all employers with five (5) or more employees.

Additionally, the bill expands:

  • The definition of family members.
  • Adds qualifying exigency leave related to covered active duty or call to covered active duty for an employee’s spouse, registered domestic partner, child, or parent in the United States Armed Forces.
  • Bonding with a new child to include the child of a domestic partner.

Another significant change to CFRA eliminates the current restriction of allowing an employer who employs both parents to limit their total amount of CFRA leaves for both individuals to a total of 12 weeks for bonding with a new child. As a result, both parents are entitled to a total of 12 weeks individually for bonding with a new child.

Additionally, SB 1383 requires employers to provide the right to reinstatement of all employees, hence removing the “key employee” exemption.

Our second Educate and Project Video Podcast provides an overview of the new bill along with recommendations in preparation for the new year.



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